Hi all, I will be applying for a management position in another department within my organization. I have previous management experience but I am an individual contributor here.
BLUF: I planned to use an example of managing employees that resulted in saving $12,000 to the firm that year and $5,000 per year going forward but I'm concerned that it feels a little flat or insignificant.
If asked about a significant accomplishment in managing I had planned to say something along the lines of this:
When I was assigned employees no one told me what to do or how to do it or even gave me a book and told me to read it. I had to figure things out for myself and one of the things I did was implement year end reviews that resulted in saving the firm about $12,000 that first year and about $5000 going forward.
During 1 on 1's I told my direct reports in October that we were going to have year end reviews. I gave them a list of things to report on and one of the things I required for each of them was to bring two suggestions on how we could improve the firm. During the year end review I asked what she had for me and her first answer was that she had done some investigation and if we rework our telephone plan with our current provider we could save about $2,000 immediately and about $2,000 per year going forward. I was blown away and almost forgot to ask about her second suggestion.
Our law firm had three offices and eight attorneys and each attorney got their own set of books. She had checked and if we cut from eight sets of books down to three no one would be inconvenienced and we would save a lot of money. More importantly, we would sometimes buy a book for a specific case. When the case was over we might never look at the book ever again but we were continuing to get updates for the book and being charged for these updates. By asking around and figuring out the books we did not use we were able to save even more money. All told, we were able to cut about $10,000 of expenses that first year and about $3,000 each year going forward.
This accomplishment is significant to me, not just for the money saved, but because it marked growth as a manager and helped shape my management style from that point forward.
I'm second guessing myself, is this significant enough to mention?